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Heathcote Gordon Roy
24th Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps
Kew , Victoria
16 october 1917
Son of Charles Thomas and Mary Ann Heathcote, of 31, Wellington St., Kew, Victoria.
5'8" = 1.72 m
136 lbs = 61.6 kg
Scar below right knee
Mole on back right side
Church of England
Ypres Menin Gate Memorial
28 august 1916
11 september - 10 october 1916
10 october - 20 october 1916
20 october 1916
5 december 1916
28 december 1916
29 december 1916
13 february 1917
15 february 1917
20 may 1917
25 may 1917
29 may 1917
7 september 1917
16 october 1917
Joined in Melbourne
Posted to 8th Machine Gun Depot at Seymour
Transferred to the 15th Machine Gun Company
Embarked at Sidney per HMAT 'Port Lincoln'
Transferred to HMAT 'Ulysses' at Sierra Leone , West Africa
Disembarked at Devonport , England
Marched in at Perham Downs Camp
Transferred to the 4th Division Machine Gun Coy.
Taken on strength 15th Machine Gun Coy.
Promoted to be Corporal
Temporary attached to 9th Training Battalion at Durrington
On command at Physical and Bayonet Training Course , Tidworth
Proceeded overseas to France via Southampton with the 24th Machine Gun Coy.
Killed in action
An eye witness account , Corporal Redford G.B. , 24th Machine Gun Coy :
' He payed the full sacrifice at Ypres on 16 october 1917 at 11pm.
I was with him at the time and also buried him on the field as it was impossible to take his remains back such a distance to a cemetery, through several miles of mud , knee deep and with such a vast number of shells falling around us.
He was hit with a piece of shell which burst quite close to the gun and he died 3 minutes later without regaining consciousness'
10 september 1914
18 october 1914
26 april 1915
30 may 1915
10 june 1915
30 june 1915
15 july 195
7 august 1915
8 august 1915
9 august 1915
20 august 1915
12 september 1915
2 november 1915
5 november 1915
14 november 1915
4 december 1915
6 december 1915
7 december 1915
28 december 1915
28 january 1916
22 march 1916
28 march 1916
12 july 1916
29 january 1917
1 february 1917
5 february 1917
8 february 1917
24 february 1917
1 march 1917
2 march 1917
15 april 1917
25 may 1917
19 june 1917
11 september 1917
15 september 1917
4 octpber 1917
He was a Lieutenant in the NSW Cadets and later joined the Sydney Lancers.
Enlisted at Sydney
Embarked at Sydney per HMAT 'Africa' as Second Lieutenant
From "B" Coy to Machine Gun Section
Temporary attached to the 3rd Bn. Machine Gun Section
Special mention in Divisional Order 60 for act of conspicious gallantry or valuable service during period of 25 april - 5 may 1915
Special mention in Divisional Order 161 for act of conspicious gallantry or valuable service during period of 25 may - 28 june 1915
Wounded in action at Vic Gully Gallipoli , Anzac
Admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance at Anzac with bomb wounds
Transferred to the 1st Casualty Clearing Station and later to the 2nd Stationary Hospital at Mudros
Transferrred to Lowlands Casualty Clearing Station and Convalescent Camp
Admitted to Ras-el-Tin Military Hospital , Alexandria , Egypt
Discharged to duty at Ras-el-Tin , Egypt
Mentioned in despatches
'Special mention in despatches for act of conspicious gallantry or valuable service during period of 25 may - 28 june 1915
Embarked at Alexandria per HMAT 'Argyleshire'
Reported to ANZAC Advance Base at Mudros
Proceeded to Gallipoli
Rejoined Battalion at Gallipoli
Disembarked at Alexandria ex HMAT 'Huntsgreen'
Embarked at Alexandria per HMAT ' Ivernia' to join BEF
Disembarked at Marseille , France
Awarded the Distinguished Service Order
Extract from the London Gazette 29684 25 july 1916
' For conspicious gallantry when leading a party which he had previously trained , in a succesful raid on the enemy trenches .
In face of heavy opposition and uncut wire , he carried through his attack with great coolness and resource , and saw every Officer and man back in our trenches before he returned.'
Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatches for distinguished and gallant services dated 13 november 1916
On command to Divisional Gas School
Rejoined his unit
On leave to England
Wounded in action but remained at duty but was later admitted to the 1st Australian Field Ambulance with shrapnel wounds to the right thigh.
Discharged to duty
Attached for duty to 1st Anzac HQ , Tidworth , England
Awarded the Military Cross , London gazette , 18 june 1917 :
' For conspicious gallantry and devotion to duty.
He led his platoon in the most gallant manner and was largely responsible for the success of the operations.'
To be Major
On leave to Paris
Reported Missing in action later confirmed killed in action
Eye witness account , Private Davidson Edwin , 1st AIF :
'He was last seen at Westhoek , 4 october 1917 , in the frontline before going over close to the 2nd Battalion.
A 5.9 shell came over , Price gave the order to move to the left as a man was buried by it.
A few minutes later he jumped out of the trench on the parados and moved to the right of the 2nd Battalion to give an order.
Later on , I thought I saw him come back but could not be sure if it was he or someone else and then a shell burst just where he was standing.
The 2nd Battalion found his body and buried him'